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Disney's The Lodge: Watch first full episode of musical filmed in Northern Ireland

Watch first episode of musical drama The Lodge filmed on location in Ballynahinch, Co Down

An exclusive full-length preview of Disney’s new show The Lodge, filmed in Northern Ireland, has been released ahead of its television premiere this week.

The 10-part series follows the story of Skye, a 15-year-old city girl who goes with her father to live in a rural holiday lodge following the death of her mother.

The musical drama hopes to follow in the success of previous Disney Channel hits such as High School Musical which became a franchise and was turned into a blockbuster film.

Filming took place on the 400-acre Montalto Estate at Ballynahinch in Co Down.

Scenes were also shot in Castlewellan and Tollymore Forest near Newcastle.

Speaking previously, director of programming for Disney Channels in the UK and Ireland, David Levine said: “Disney Channel is bringing songs and dancing – we have a great, talented cast who can not only act but sing and dance and we have original songs.”

The Lodge has a cast of 22 with 67 crew,  46 of whom are from Northern Ireland.

Disney said the key themes of The Lodge include “the ability to accept change”, “overcoming hardship” and “being true to who you are”.

It will feature nine songs which are performed more than 30 times throughout the series, which Disney hopes will become hit tunes as well as comprising a successful soundtrack album.

Levine said: “The Disney Channel has had a great history of bringing music to its audiences.

“We can only hope that we can hit the success of the likes of High School Musical, Camp Rock and Hannah Montana.”

The Lodge stars London-based actress Sophie Simnett as Skye and features mostly British talent alongside young French, Dutch and Scandinavian actors.

The series begins on the Disney Channel on Friday, September 23.

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